They may not be TV celebrity chefs, but linkAges TimeBank members were willing to share their cooking skills and knowledge at an International Cafe Cooking Class on June 25th. An enthusiastic group of 48 prospective and current linkAges TimeBank members, ages 10-80, gathered at Mountain View’s historic Adobe Building to learn about a variety of dishes crossing cultural lines.
The seven amateur cooks who led the sessions shared recipes and techniques for dishes that included pasta, stir-fries, sushi, kimchi, veggie smoothies, cole slaw and smores. To make it more interesting, participants helped with the preparation under the direction of the “chefs.” And of course, everyone got to taste everything made that evening.
“The reason we organized this event was to draw attention to how the linkAges TimeBank can connect diverse members of the community in a fun way through shared interests,” said Dr. Paul Tang, who directs PAMF’s David Druker Center for Health Systems Innovation. “We also used the event to acquaint Mountain View residents with both the broader linkAges program and to recruit them to sign up for the TimeBank.”
The linkAges TimeBank is one component of the emerging linkAges system and is being used as a mechanism to connect neighbors and community members across all ages. Members of the linkAges TimeBank, including seniors and family caregivers, can address personal needs through exchanges with other members that focus on their interests and skills and explore new possibilities for meaningful engagement in their communities. In the TimeBank, everyone’s time and services are valued equally.
You can find out more about how to participate in the linkAges Bay Area TimeBank here: http://timebank.linkages.org/
Residents and community leaders from across Silicon Valley and the greater Bay gathered at the Druker Center for Health Systems Innovation on May 8, 2012 to learn about the linkAges Bay Area TimeBank, a service exchange network where members exchange neighborly services with each other in exchange for time. Participants at the May 8 event learned about how TimeBanking works, brainstormed service exchange ideas, and identiﬁed a wide range of community outreach opportunities aimed at raising awareness and building broad community participation in linkAges Bay Area TimeBank, Silicon Valley’s ﬁrst TimeBank.
Participants of the May 8th event included residents from The Sequoias, a LifeCare Community located in Portola Valley, several members of the Mountain View Co‐housing Community (MVCC), and community leaders from Peninsula Circle of Care and San Mateo County Health System.
During the event, attendees participated in a fun service exchange activity where each participant listed 3 services that they would be interested in oﬀering to other individuals in the community through the linkAges TimeBank. Participants were encouraged to think of services that they would enjoy providing (vs. services that they would be ’willing’ to provide) and to consider services that reﬂected their unique skills or expertise or personal interests and hobbies.
Participants were then asked to list 3 services they would like to receive from other members. Participants were encouraged to identify service requests related to their personal interests or goals (e.g. learning a new language) as well as things in their everyday lives that they would be more likely to tackle or enjoy more if they could do those things with other people (e.g. gardening, cleaning out a garage, sorting through photos, etc.)
By the end of the activity, participants had generated more than 40 service oﬀers and nearly an equal number of service requests. Service oﬀers were diverse, ranging from personal bargain hunting, reviewing legal documents and ﬁne jewelry repair, to care planning, lawn mowing and post‐ party cleanup. Service requests were equally diverse, ranging from help with photo organizing, garden work and recycling runs, to learning Sudoku, receiving short lessons in European history, and learning calligraphy.
Service oﬀers and requests generated by attendees at the May 8 Community Planning Event have been catalogued in the linkAges Bay Area TimeBank’s online database in preparation for oﬃcial Go Live of the linkAges TimeBank website in early August.
Once the linkAges TimeBank website goes live, any TimeBank members who has attended an orientation session and successfully completed the linkAges TimeBank membership process will be able to access the site to post service ads, respond to service requests, and record service exchanges with other members.
How TimeBanking works
TimeBanking is a service exchange network where members provide and receive services from other members in exchange for time (see How does TimeBanking work?). In a TimeBank, members earn time dollars (TD$) when they provide services to other members, and use TD$ to ‘buy’ services from other members. Every hour of service equals one (1) TD$ regardless of the service, and everyone’s time is valued equally.
Are you part of a neighborhood, community group or local business that would be interested in learning more about how TimeBanking works? Are you interested in participating in a grassroots movement to rebuild community in Silicon Valley and the greater Bay Area where people know each other, help each other, and watch out for each other? If so, TimeBanking may be just the thing for you! Email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (650) 691‐6267 to learn more and to schedule a local TimeBank orientation session for your neighborhood, community group or business.
The David Druker Center for Health Systems Innovation
|The David Druker Center for Health Systems Innovation (Innovation Center) invents and deploys breakthrough innovations to advance the health and well-being of communities. We apply human-centered design and leverage technology to create scalable solutions that address the pressing health challenges of our time.||linkAges™ is a modular community-based program that creates a social support network for all ages and across generations by using resources already in place in communities.linkAges strengthens community connections to reduce social isolation and loneliness and improves the quality of life for all participants while improving the health and well-being of older adults and family caregivers.||linkAges TimeBank™ is a neighborhood service-exchange network that matches you with the unique skills, talents and needs of those who live nearby. Members earn hours by providing servicesm and use those hours to receive services in return. linkAges TimeBank members develop meaningful social connections through giving and receiving help, learning new skills and sharing hobbies and interests.|
The Innovation Center Team
Our diverse team represents expertise in medicine, ethnography, software development, data, design, social entrepreneurship, public health and business.
Andrew Bordner, Ph.D.
Senior Data Scientist
Andrew joined the Innovation Center in February 2014 from the Mayo Clinic where he led multidiscplinary research projects in the fields of bioinformatics and clinical informatics. His recent work there involved developing new machine learning approaches to predict patient outcomes in liver transplantation surgery and to identify key mutations from cancer genome sequencing data. In his role at the Innovation Center, Andrew will support the team by developing data analysis tools and predictive models for both the linkAges and EMPOWER-H programs.
Andrew earned his Ph.D. degree in Physics from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. After completing postdoctoral work in computational biology at the University of California – San Diego he worked as a researcher at The Scripps Research Institute and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Chief Innovation Officer
Chris Waugh is Sutter Health’s first chief innovation officer, using his extensive experience in human-centered design to guide our enterprise innovation strategy. In this role, he is developing and managing our innovation portfolio and enhancing Sutter Health’s reputation as a market leader, while he refines and expands our innovation processes.
Recognized for inspiring audiences and bringing together people from many multi-disciplinary teams, Chris brings unique and inventive approaches to benefit patients across our network. He and his team serve as the entry point for external innovators to connect with Sutter Health, providing an avenue for them to present ideas that can improve our health delivery processes.
Chris has a decade of entrepreneurial leadership experience at IDEO, the Bay Area design and innovation consulting firm. He also served as vice president of design at San Francisco’s One Medical Group, where he helped create a culture of innovation. He is a graduate of Fort Lewis College in Colorado with degrees in international business and French.
Community Engagement Manager
Christina is responsible for developing community partnerships to expand the linkAges program and promoting community engagement through outreach activities and events. Christina has ten years of experience in nonprofit program development and management. Prior to PAMF, she worked with U.S.-based and international NGOs to develop and implement community-based health programs addressing lifestyle-related health factors and infectious diseases, for diverse populations. Christina holds a Master’s degree in Pubic Health from Loma Linda University.
Dominic joined the Innovation Center team in July 2014. As Project Coordinator, he develops and implements the linkAges Advocates internship for college students. He also supports community deployment and program development of linkAges. His interest in aging populations stems from his volunteer experiences with hospice care, as well as research conducted at the Levine Cancer Institute. Dominic earned a BA in Hispanic Studies with High Honors from Davidson College.
Erica Gibson, Ph.D.
Erica joined the Innovation Center team in January of 2015 with a background in medical anthropology. As the team Medical Ethnographer she is working with community members to better understand the experiences of older adults and the challenges that they face affecting their health and well-being. Medical ethnography allows deeper insight into the context and behaviors that impact people’s lives, which helps the team to design innovations that enhance health at the individual and community levels.
Erica earned her Ph.D in Anthropology from the University of Alabama in 2007. Prior to her work at the Innovation Center, she conducted cross-cultural research on pregnancy and birth experiences of women in the US, Italy, and Mexico while she was a professor of anthropology and women’s and gender studies.
Marketing Communications Specialist
John joined the Innovation center in April, 2014, contributing expertise in marketing, business development and communications. He has worked for diverse companies in the entertainment, media, online, information and non-profit industries, for such companies as Windham Hill Records, America Online, Dialog, Stanford University and Community School of Music and Arts. John’s forte is creating imaginative marketing strategies, utilizing media, social media, special events and partnerships to drive visibility and engagement for organizations.
John holds a BA in geography from California State University, Chico, and graduate studies in geography at San Jose State University. He is also a professional photographer.
Linette Fung, MBA, MS
Linette joined the Innovation Center from McKinsey & Company, where she worked as a management consultant in their health care practice. At McKinsey, her work with health and hospital systems focused on achieving growth through innovative approaches to partnering, service line optimization and provision of care for seniors and patients with chronic disease.
Linette holds a master’s degree in Molecular and Cellular Physiology from Stanford University, a master’s in business administration from the UCLA Anderson School of Management, and a bachelor’s degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology from Harvard University.
Executive Project Specialist
Prior to joining the Innovation Center team, Liz worked as a project coordinator for PAMF’s Personalized Health Care Program and as an implementation coordinator for the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Team. Liz earned a bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences from California State University, East Bay.
Program Development Specialist, Deployment
Nadia joined the Innovation Center team in September 2015. She brings a background in public health and a passion for community-centered work, spanning local and federal levels. At the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Washington D.C., Nadia focused on community engagement, linking hospitals with community based organizations, and translated complex health information into clear language for the public. Her work in southern California and New York City involved community empowerment, as well as increasing access to health care and health information in community-based settings. Past research experiences at UC Berkeley and NYU included understanding the impacts of racism and stress on the cardiovascular health of African American women, and evaluating how food environments impact consumer choice and diet. At the Innovation Center, Nadia supports program development and deployment for the linkAges program.
Nadia holds a master’s degree in Public Health from Columbia University, with a specialization in Health Promotion, Research and Practice, and a bachelor’s degree in Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley.
Program Development Specialist
Tiffany joined the Innovation Center team in January 2013 with a background in health and public policy. Her previous work focused on multiple topics, ranging from health education in the Office of the Surgeon General to health care policy and reform at the National Opinion Research Center and in the Office of Senator Dianne Feinstein. Aside from policy work, Tiffany also focused on social and private sector approaches to health and environmental issues through programs at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Stanford Earth Systems Program.
In her role at the Innovation Center and with linkAges, Tiffany works on a team to drive and support linkAges program development and provides operational support to the linkAges TimeBank.
Tiffany holds a master’s degree in Earth Systems, focusing on Environmental and Food Policy, and bachelor’s degree in Human Biology, concentrating on Health and Environmental Policy, from Stanford University
Senior Director Strategic Initiatives
Vandana specializes in creating and implementing scalable models for social impact and organizational growth. In her current engagement with the Druker Center, Vandana leads strategy, program deployment, operations and external relations to support upstream community health interventions. Prior to this she led strategic development at The Health Trust, a Silicon Valley-based operating foundation advancing solutions for health equity and wellness. Vandana also led strategy and development at Montalvo Arts Center, an international artists residency and multicultural arts organization. As a consultant, Vandana has led capacity building for diverse San Francisco Bay Area organizations. She currently serves on the Board of Art with Impact, a nationally growing nonprofit venture that promotes mental wellness by creating space for young people to learn and connect through art and media. She was previously on the Board of ORAM International, an advocacy organization focusing exclusively on refugees fleeing sexual and gender-based violence worldwide.
Vandana has a graduate degree in Mass Communications from the Mass Communications Research Center in New Delhi and an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Delhi University.
Community Outreach Coordinator
Vivian joined the Innovation Center in May 2014. As part of the linkAges team, she supports the development and implementation of the Center’s community-based programs through active and sustained engagement. Her passion for community health stems from her experiences working with underserved minority communities throughout the Bay Area and internationally. Vivian holds a BA in Psychology with a minor in Global Poverty and Practice from the University of California, Berkeley.
Zehui has been with Palo Alto Medical Foundation since early 2002. She has worked on MyChart and EpicCare Ambulatory applications for over 10 years and is currently part of Innovation Center team. Prior to joining PAMF, she worked in software development and medical research. She also volunteered at Peninsula Healthcare Connection. Zehui holds a master’s in Computer Science, and is ECFMG certified.